It will be the next major advance ahead of Rugby World Cup 2019™ when England travel to South Africa for their 2018 summer tour.
They will play three Test matches against the Springboks in Johannesburg, Bloemfontein and Cape Town in what will be a major test of their credentials with only just over a year to before rugby’s greatest event in Japan.
As one of the traditional powerhouses in world rugby, South Africa will present a major test of England’s development, particularly in hostile and rugby mad strongholds.
England coach Eddie Jones will no doubt pick a side that mixes experience with rapidly developing options so he can widen his pool ahead of World Cup selection.
Jones has transformed England’s hopes over the last two years and they will travel to Japan as one of the favourites. But first they must get the better of the Boks on back-to-back weekends this summer.
On their last major summer tour they swarmed to a comprehensive 3-0 whitewash of Australia and all of England will be hoping for more of the season.